Have you been itching to illustrate? Craving some cooking? Or daring to dance? Are you wondering how you could make these inclinations archaeological? Well, have we got some inspiration for you!
To alpha test our next data story, It’s All in the Wrist (Bones): Archaeological Data as Artistic Inspiration, we’ve got some data-driven archaeology prompts to encourage your next endeavor.
You can take a look at our full alpha-testing package here. This includes our prompt guide, with a handy-how to, some examples, and advice for working with social media. In addition, there’s a search tutorial. As sometimes, one word isn’t enough to get those rocks…knapping.
Regardless! We (aka the Data Literacy Program team via @opencontext on Twitter) will be posting one word from our prompt list every day this October as a #DataDriven version of #ArchInk. While the name suggests a focus on inking, one particular illustrative style, we’re encouraging folks to use whatever medium makes their minds light up with joy.
However, if you’re not familiar with #ArchInk, search the tag on your favorite social media platform and see what comes up. Alternatively, check out our post explaining Artober and ArchInk. This should hopefully get you interested in the game we’ve got going on. If you still have questions, please reach out @opencontext or via e-mail at email@example.com with questions.
All in the Wrist is our first Data Story within our Creative Series. All Data Stories in the Creative Series aim to cultivate data literacy by inspiring creativity using archaeological data. For All in the Wrist, we hope to cultivate data literacy using inspiration drawn from one specific open data project.
First, this data story encourages you to read data (in the literacy sense) to absorb the prompt and use it to find more information on Open Context. Then, you practice working with the data by turning the prompt into something new. At the end of the month, you can analyze what you’ve created to say something new about the data set that inspired 31 days of data literacy skills. You can even argue something about the data set based on what you’ve made.
In addition, if you fall behind or don’t see this guide until partway through the month, no problem! We didn’t write this inspiration guide as a set of rigid rules. It’s one way to work with data. So pick up wherever you’d like or wherever you can.
Lastly, if you choose to travel this thematic month with us, let us know what you think! You can @ us on Twitter or e-mail us directly. Or if you’re interested us contacting you for a follow up survey let us know. We want to make resources that encourage your data literacy journey and if some stuff just doesn’t work, we want to know!
With that, we hope you enjoy embarking on this archaeological adventure with us this #ArchInk!